Gerald McLaughlin, corporate finance partner at Wylie & Bisset

CHARTERED accountant Wylie & Bisset has joined Glasgow City Council’s new Business Growth Programme, under which it will provide a range of business structuring and business financial management advice to local SMEs.

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Scotland’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programmes and is delivered by the Business Growth team within Economic Development.

Gerald McLaughlin, corporate finance partner at Wylie & Bisset, said: “By joining this programme, our service offering will deliver advice, expertise and assistance that will facilitate growth within the Glasgow SME community and provide the foundations upon which early-stage or start-up businesses can build and existing businesses can innovate.

“Our Business Structuring advice will provide support to help determine the assignment and coordination of roles, power and responsibilities within a business. It will help business owners determine how information should flow between the different levels of management and how implementation of a formal organisational structure can put a business in a better place to achieve its objectives.

“And our range of Business Financial Management advice will provide support across a range of areas to help with the efficient and effective management of business finances in a manner that enables the accomplishment of organisational objectives. It will provide an insight into strategic financial management and align financial objectives with overall organisational objectives.”

The aim of the programme is to support SMEs with sustainable growth potential across the entire business lifecycle and work with Glasgow City Council, other framework suppliers, Scottish Enterprise and other key stakeholders across the public, private and education sectors to develop a co-ordinated growth agenda for Glasgow that will help achieve its ambition of becoming the most productive UK city economy by 2023.